Online since: 2015
Welcome Bonus: 300% first deposit bonus + 12 free bingo tickets
The world of online gaming isn’t always that heavily focused on bingo at the best of times, but when it comes to bingo combined with dating, that type of combo is nearly unheard of. This is why Bingo Date was born in December 2015, so that fans of the game could come together and potentially find new love, or at the very least make new friends. It’s a unique idea, and not one we’re sure that works well, but it’s the gimmick of this brand nonetheless. What isn’t a novelty though, is the fact that Bingo Date is part of the Best Bingo Network, a system of brands who have been regarded as the best of the best for bingo. What is more, you have Cozy Games acting as the operators of this website.
Given the fact that this is meant to be a site that can send sparks flying, we found the promotions to be a little underwhelming. This could be due to the fact that we’ve joined other Cozy Games bingo sites previously, and that they have the exact same selection of bonuses that we see here. If that’s a deal breaker for you, it’s better that you know it now so that you avoid registering as a member.
For those of you eager to get the ball rolling, you can trigger the 300% deposit bonus when you make a deposit of £5, with the rollover necessity of this offer being the lowest of them all at just x4 for bingo and x20 for slots. Thereafter, there’s a 150% and 100% deposit bonus for the same amounts of money, only this time the rollover is higher at x8 for all bingo titles. Alongside this, newbies also have the Newbie Room to explore, with the first seven days generating 12 free bingo tickets for them to use.
- Welcome offer: 300% first deposit bonus + 12 free bingo tickets
- 150% second deposit bonus
- 100% third deposit bonus
Beyond the scope of these welcome deals, there’s also a few more which primarily focus on a number of the bingo rooms presented, such as BOGOF at Victoria 90. This simple offer allows you to purchase two tickets for the price of one, everyday of the week, between 1am and 7am. Even though we can appreciate that this isn’t a massive deal, it is a fantastic way to get you moving towards the bingo lobby, especially if you’re someone not well versed in bingo games.
There’s also a loyalty scheme said to be in place, with points able to be turned into cash. Sadly however, Bingo Date has neglected to provide much information on this, which leaves us and potential gamers in the dark about how they go about using them. If you’ve played with Cozy Games before, you’ll know that this is their typical MO, and one that they should really revise at some point in the near future.
Software and Games
Softwares: Cozy Games, NetEnt and Eyecon
If repetition isn’t something you’re fond of, you may want to look away now, as the rest of this review is going to be extremely similar to those that have gone before it. This is because the same NetEnt and Eyecon titles are delivered, as well as a few Cozy Games ones as well. We don’t just refer to the bingo based activities here, but to the other casino ones, with the slot machines the most varied of the sections given to us.
To play the pokies and table games, you’ll need to use real money or Bonus Bucks (another mystery that this brand has yet to explain properly to us), whereas the bingo activities only require real cash. And minimal amounts of it at that. Should you be interested in the bingo side of things, the games include that of 90 Big Ben, 30 Ball City Hall, and 75 Ball Penny Bingo, with a total of five more rooms up for grabs.
All gamers can choose to play from the moment a game starts, to join in later down the line, or to prebuy tickets so that you can join in with the action later on. Please be aware however, that not all of the games listed offer prebuy tickets, with the option removed for those that don’t.
Seeing as how this is a bingo site that doesn’t really offer freeplays, it makes sense that you’ll want to learn about the deposit methods available. Right off the bat, it’s clear that Bingo Date isn’t about quantity but quality, with only nine options given in all. This may sound like a lot of options, but compared with other sites we’ve reviewed, that number is quite low.
Moving on, we find that no banking fees are charged, though you may be charged conversion fees should you want to bank in anything other than GBP. What is more, two to three business days are needed for the withdrawal process to fully complete, which is one of the quickest time frames we’ve seen. This time limit is true of all Cozy Games sites, which is a huge part of their charm.
For anyone that’s interested in who governs this Bingo Date brand, that falls into the hands of the Isle of Man Gambling Commission and the UK Gambling Commission. By now you’ll know that these two seem to go hand in hand with any and all Cozy Games platforms, however it doesn’t hurt to reinforce that info one more time.
Support and Contact Details
In an unusual turn of events, we’ve discovered that Bingo Date doesn’t offer a telephone support option at this time. There is a ‘coming soon’ display, which seems to be in the process of tackling that gap in service, but otherwise it’s all down to using your fingers in order to get the help you need. Players can do this via live chat, raising a query ticket, and email, with each of these options available 24 hours a day.
As much as we’d have liked to end on a high, the social presence of Bingo Date isn’t going to allow us this. The reason for that is because their Twitter account, which has been around since 2015, has never sent out a post to this day. What is more, the Facebook account hasn’t seen a post from a team member since 2016. Considering it’s 2018, that’s a long time to not be active, even more so when referencing their Twitter feed.